One Book One Siouxland announces Unbroken as 2015 selection

Siouxland public libraries are excited to announce the 2015 One Book One Siouxland selection, "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption" by Laura Hillenbrand. "Unbroken" navigates through the life of Louis Zamperini—a one-time adolescent delinquent turned Olympic runner whose athletic career was interrupted by his service in and survival of WWII. Zamperini's tale is a roller coaster of tribulation and triumph. 

One Book One SIouxland is celebrating its tenth year as a community reading initiative, bringing residents together through discussion of one great book. Special events and programs, including a WWII-era film series and musical performance, will expand the reading experience for everyone in the community. 

"Unbroken is an excellent choice for the 2015 initiative," said Cate Sering, Reader Services Specialist at Sioux City Public Library. "It's a wonderful story with local ties to Sioux City and happens to be very timely."

Zamperini trained at a Sioux City airbase in June 1942 before going to war. He died July 2, 2014, and the blockbuster biopic "Unbroken" will be released in theaters on Christmas Day.

Community partners, including Sioux City Public Library, South Sioux City Public Library, North Sioux City Community Library, Morningside College and Western Iowa Tech Community College, will host a variety of captivating programs, which launch in January and run through April 2015 as part of the One Book One Siouxland intiative. 

Watch for the full program lineup on January 5, and visit frequently for updates. 

Martha Speaks Storytime encourages vocabulary skills

Martha, the beloved talking dog from the PBS television series Martha Speaks, visited the Family Storytime at the Morningside Branch Library on Nov. 19. 

Children came to the Library to hear Martha stories, participate in fun activities, and get their picture taken with the famous character.

Martha Speaks is an animated series based on the children’s books by Susan Meddaugh. The program is aimed at viewers between the ages of four and seven, with an educational goal of teaching children new words—up to 20 in each episode. Vocabulary skills help children become great readers.

The Library has several Martha Speaks titles available for check out, including books, eBooks, and movies. 

K-9 S.T.A.R.S. help young readers shine in Read-To-Me series

They’re bark! Uh—back—they’re back!

Sioux City Public Library and S.T.A.R.S., Inc. have teamed up once again to provide young readers with an exciting opportunity to develop their abilities.

Children can share their favorite stories with therapy dogs from the K-9 S.T.A.R.S. program of Sioux City. The dogs are patient, nonjudgmental listeners and make reading fun. Good reading skills provide benefits for a lifetime, and reading aloud is a great way for young readers to practice.

The series runs each Saturday starting Nov. 1 through Dec. 6 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library, 529 Pierce St. Free parking on weekends. 

For more information, visit our event on Facebook.

Sioux City resident Dawn Cavenee encourages her son as he reads aloud to an eager Doberman from the K-9 S.T.A.R.S. program.

1st Saturday Family Storytime (Sept 2014)

The Sioux City Public Library is a great place for families anytime, but especially on the first Saturday of every month. Bring your kids or grandkids to the Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library for First Saturday Family Storytime. Each 30-minute storytime features books, songs, rhymes and more, with a different, fun theme every month. And remember, parking is free on Saturdays! First Saturday Family Storytime begins September 6, with storytimes at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at the Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library, 529 Pierce St.

September 2014 Book Club Selections

bks-septBleak. Heartrending. Hopeful? Book club will discuss Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo, and 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World by Howard G. Buffett on Monday, September 8. Join the conversation, 10 am at the Perry Creek Branch or 5 pm at the Morningside Branch. All are welcome.



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